WASHINGTON, May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The AT&T* 4G LTE network has been ranked fastest for a second consecutive year by PCWorld/TechHive. The tests in 20 U.S. markets including Washington, DC show AT&T wireless customers are benefiting from blazing-fast wireless Internet speeds.
The 2013 PCWorld/TechHive speed tests showed AT&T led all carriers tested in Washington, DC with an average upload speed of 6.32 mbps and an average download speed of 12.52 mbps.
AT&T also outpaced the competition last year in PCWorld/TechHive's 2012 wireless Internet speed tests, having delivered faster download speeds than any other national carrier in 13 cities tested. Speed is the name of the game for mobile Internet service, as customers are taking advantage of smartphones and apps to help manage their busy lives. In this year's PCWorld/TechHive report, AT&T led the speed tests with an average download speed of 13.15 mbps and an average upload speed of 6.45 mbps in the 20 U.S. markets tested.
"With consumer demand for wireless data continuing to grow rapidly, it's more important than ever that U.S. wireless carriers not only keep pace with demand, but deliver network speeds fast enough to enable new mobile web experiences," said Jason Snell, Editorial Director, PCWorld/TechHive.
AT&T launched 4G LTE** in Washington, DC in October 2011, and it plans to expand its 4G LTE network to cover 300 million people nationwide by year-end 2014. Even as 4G LTE expands, customers can get 4G speeds outside of 4G LTE areas with our 4G HSPA+ technology.
The AT&T 4G LTE network has also been recognized for speed and performance by other third-party testing firms. AT&T 4G LTE is available in 228 markets and covers more than 200 million people. Improving the wireless network continues to be a priority for AT&T.
"Our customers are doing more with their smartphones," said Kris Rinne, AT&T senior vice president-network technologies. "We're giving them the ability to do it faster when they read email, send photos, check the news and much more. We've built the nation's fastest 4G LTE network to help them get the most out of the mobile Internet. Third-party testing validates the work we've done to give our customers the speed they want."**
Over the past five years, AT&T invested nearly $98 billion into operations, more than any other public company in the U.S.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
**Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Claim based on a comparison of U.S. national carriers' average 4G LTE download speeds for Android™ and Windows smartphones and iPhone 5. 4G speeds not available everywhere. Learn more at att.com/network.
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